Saltwater State Park is geographically located on the Puget Sound in the state of Washington. It can be found halfway between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma. All vehicles entering the park limits must be displaying a Discover Pass. The Discover Pass permits vehicle entry into all Washington State Parks for the duration of one year at a cost of $30. Day passes cost $10. Vehicles not displaying the pass are liable to a fine of $99.
The Saltwater State Park is a public park which is dedicated to camping, hiking, and scuba diving activities. It is not an off-leash zone for dogs although they are permitted but must be maintained on their leash and under control of their owners at all times. Leash length recommendations from the local authorities require leashes of eight feet and under. There are several forested trails where dogs can be exercised on-leash, but respect must be given to all plant and wildlife. The park has a large campsite, grassed picnic areas, and a cafe. There are also several restroom facilities.
The shoreline of the Saltwater State Park is just under three miles long and is backed by quite rugged cliffs which are covered in foliage. It is an attractive combination of sand, rocks, and algae-covered pebbles. The shoreline is intersected in places by rivulets and creeks. It is a tidal area and there is often substantially sized driftwood washed up on the beach.
Pet owners walking along the beach with their dogs should be vigilant for jellyfish which can be washed up on occasion. Caution is required as they are saltwater jellyfish and can sting. Owners of nervous dogs should be aware that the Saltwater State Park is in the flight path of the local airport and during peak times there can be airplanes passing overhead as frequently as every fifteen minutes. Owners are completely responsible for picking up any of their dog's feces, must provide their own poop bags, and should deposit them in the correct containers. Owners should also carry fresh water for their dogs.